News From : DagangHalal.com (20 Dec 2010)
NEW DELHI, Dec.20. 2010 (News Agencies)– .
India is keen to export its expanding line meat products but will have to prove itself ‘disease-free’ before entering the lucrative Indonesian market. The Indonesian Trade Minister, Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, in an interview to an Indian newspaper said the ban is not over the halal status of the Indian meat but due to health concerns.
It is about the disease (Foot and Mouth Disease) in India and whether we should consider zoning (giving clearance to exports from FMD-free zones in a country) or the whole country approach (where only if the entire country is FMD-free, exports are allowed). For health reasons, our laws allow only import of meat from countries that are totally disease FMD-free and we don’t adopt the zoning approach. When India is wholly free from the disease (FMD), you can export to Indonesia,” she told the Hindu Newspaper.
India’s buffalo meat exports fetched Rs. 4839,00,00,000 in revenue last year. The main markets for Indian bovine meat are Malaysia, Philippines, Mauritius, and Gulf countries.